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Study looks at impact of claims on car insurance rates

An annual state-by-state analysis of auto insurance reveals rates continue to increase after filing just a single claim. (NBC News)

An annual state-by-state analysis of auto insurance reveals rates continue to increase after filing just a single claim.

According to a fourth annual study by insuranceQuotes, drivers now pay an average of 44 percent more for car insurance after making a single claim of $2,000 or more.

That's 6 percent more than just three years ago and an average cost of $371 a year for consumers.

Filing a second claim in one year is even more costly, with an average increase of 99.4 percent.

The study found California has the highest post-claim increase, where just one claim can lead to an average premium increase of 63 percent.

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